This is a story about a lethal injection, a body in the back of a hired car, a cabin in the wilds of Texas, a gallery of death masks, the theme song of the TV series The Sopranos, the son of the mastermind of the great train robbery and an artist baroness from Chiswick who wears a bra made out of latex pigs’ heads.
Last things first. John Joe “Ash” Amador, a 30-year-old American, was executed last month in Huntsville, Texas for the 1994 murder of a San Antonio taxi driver. He went to his death, still protesting his innocence, with an armful of lethal sodium pentathol and the words, “God forgive them, for they know not what they do” on his lips.
Nice little line in Emma Hopes piece about the Urban Art Awards. “Then there’s Baroness Carrie von Reichardt, perhaps best known for ‘The Treatment Rooms’, where she covered the exterior of a house in mosaic art. She’s been nominated in the urban art category for her picture of Jesus on an aerosol can.”
I know its just a line…but what a great one it is ….
“Perhaps the most impudent work on offer was by Carrie Reichardt, whose ceramic aerosol spray-can “Just My Fucking Luck Capitalism Collapses Just As My Work Hits The Art Market”, priced at £400 ($581), summed up what many artists are feeling as the economic downturn takes its toll on potential collectors”
The Treatment Rooms is a privately owned three-story house in the West London suburb of Chiswick, which over the past several years has had its exterior walls transformed into an ongoing self-contained conceptual piece of mosaic art. The vibrant and well executed mosaics, which cover the front wall of the house and the back garden wall are well worth paying a visit to see.
Recently, Londonist took an opportunity to visit the Treatment Rooms and sit down for a cup of tea with its founder, Baroness von Reichardt. Here’s our interview.
There’s a plaque outside a small semi-detached house in a quiet street in west London. It’s slightly different to your average English Heritage number. It reads, “English Hedonists. The Treatment Rooms 2002-Now. Lots of People lived here and partied hard.” The sign is surrounded by elaborate, mosaic art work depicting hula girls, tiki totem poles, flying eyeballs and deranged skeletons. Toy baby heads are embedded in nearby walls with the words “Turner Prize Reject”.
“Carrie Reichardt’s glazed ceramic coated spray cans with a variety of designs on each from Victorian floral to skull and bones Gothic. There are slogans across a couple of them such as ‘War is Peace’ and ‘Fuck the Law … I Want Justice’. At Forster Gallery, London.”
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Truly alwful pulp fiction type account of my trip to meet Luis Ramirez and the tiled mural that was made in his memory. ”And burrowing deep, I heard my heart…There’s no blood on Luis’s hands”…blah blah blah…
But for some reason I still quite like the piece. Have I no shame.